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Id rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard but I know youll go after birds Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit em but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird90 Atticus Finch a guide mentor of the novel explains this to his children after they are gifted with air rifles for Christmas Notably the title of this American classic To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is taken from a seemingly insignificant excerptHowever if read carefully the reader begins to understand that this is just one other example out of a plethora of symbolism Set in a Depression-era Southern town Lee features various themes though the novel focuses on various forms of prejudice It brings forth the idea that prejudice in any form is a sin By delving into a variety of literary techniques Lees theme of prejudice in the form of racism is used to communicate the negative fallout of ideology This can especially be studied through examples from the novel including the actions and thoughts of Atticus Finchs children through the actions of racist whites and though the beliefs and actions of Atticus himselfLee takes advantage of the actions of the children in the novel to contribute heavily to symbolism An early instance of this can be seen when Jem and Scout build a snowman during the winter Not able to find enough snow to cover the snowman Jem gives it a foundation of dirt and then proceeds to cover it with whatever snow they had This action in itself is symbolic and can be interpreted in two different ways In one way it is symbolic of Jem attempting to cover the black snow man making him into a white snow man conveying the message that in reality all human beings are the same This is confirmed when Atticus approvingly says I didnt know how were going to do it but from now on Ill never
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